Tibet Overland Tour is an eight days itinerary pack tour in which you drive over in a private vehicle all the way from Kathmandu to Lhasa stopping on the way at Tingri, Shigatse, Gyantse and finally Lhasa where you stop for the night and fly out to your next destination, while on the way stopping and visiting cultural places of importance to this overland tour in Tibet.
A part of Nepal and the remaining being Tibet, where you do this Tibet Overland Tour, has some of the most magnificent and rugged terrain and culture to choose from in its rural terrain out far from the clinches of proper modern civilization. This is what this drive in the overland tour of Tibet takes you through. Nearly forty percent of the drive takes you through the rugged but green part of Nepal bringing into view the Himalayan Mountains with its mountains covered with snow. Then passing onto a desolate plateau which in some way is due to the height of the Himalayan Mountains to keep it so. This desolation and the lacking of humidity has sculptured out some of a special terrain allowing the people here in the Tibetan plateau that call it home to culturally and religiously evolve to semi-nomadic ways but keep building iconic figures of monasteries, temples and other artifacts of cultural worth in this vast desolate tableland. Fortunately, Tibet is the highest plateau of the colder kind in the world. This Tibet Overland Tour simply brings you across this delight in the eight days while you are on the road.
Simply, the terrain which you pass over from one being lush green nearly twenty percent of the way in Nepal and then some in Tibet is the first take of this trip in a vehicle to Lhasa and then there are the periodic sightings of mountain peaks such as Langtang, Gaurisankar, and Melungtse when we drive to the Tibetan border. The next important asset of the trip is the Lalungla Pass at 5,200 meters high which gives a panoramic view of not only the Himalayan Range but also Shisapangma, the highest peak in Tibet, then at lunch on the way the sight of Everest comes streaming into view. Shigatse, the town which we stop at on the way, has the Tashilumpo Monastery, where the Panchen Lama stays, making it the most important one among the Tibetans. Then strolling in the city of Gyantse, we see the old fort of the raid of 1904 by Young Husband and the Kumbum Monastery with its extraordinary architecture. And when we finally hit Lhasa, the visit to the Potala Palace, the Drepung and Sera Monasteries, the Jokhang Temple and the iconic Barkhor Street Market makes taking this Tibet Overland Tour all the more special for anyone who likes a combination of culture on a road trip in a different natural land of Tibet.
Where do we stay while on the road?
You will be stopping off at large and small towns in Tibet all of these places have lodges and some hotels where you will stay for the night. Food such as lunch dinner and breakfast is also provided at the hotels and while on the road, packed food will be the norm.
Outline Trekking for Tibet Overland Tour
Day 01: Kathmandu (1300) -Kerung Border
Day 02: Kerung – Tingri (4300m)/Lhatse (4,350m)
Day 3: Lhatse to Shigatse (3,900m)
Day 4: Shigatse to Gyantse (3,950m)
Day 5: Gyantse to Lhasa (3,650m)
Day 6 and 7: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 8: Fly back to Kathmandu or other destination
- Witness panoramic view of Himalayas during the flight.
- Enjjoy guided city tour of Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery etc.)
- Visit Barkhor Street Market & do great shopping
- Explore Tibetan Buddhist culture & tradition